Jerry Manuel On WFAN

An article by posted on May 7, 2009

The Mets have announced that tonight’s game will be played according to WFAN.

Jerry Manuel was a guest this afternoon of Mike Francesa on WFAN.

On Santana – If his turn would not have come up at bat, he would have started the eight inning. When asked about the poor run support for Johan Santana, Manuel said he believes it all evens out and that when he doesn’t have a good day we’ll probably win that game 6-4. Citi Field is the perfect park for Santana.

* Jerry, He hasn’t had a bad start in 24 straight games!

On K-Rod – Not only is he a very complete closer, but he’s very resilient. He was impressed that K-Rod came to him and told him he wanted to pitch after he was used three games in a row. I feel good knowing I could go to him after he throws 28 pitches the night before. He is evolving and can beat you with so many pitches.

On Oliver Perez - It would have been difficult to rehab him in the pen. It would have been a challenge to get him straightened out in the bullpen. He is lacking confidence. He battled us on what Dan Warthen implemented last year and now he has no life or command on his pitches.

On Reyes – He’s in a funk. He’s missing pitches, but he’s not far off. He is putting the ball in play and with some authority. He’s going to come around.

Power Outage – We like to have at least two of our four core hitters hot at the same time, but that hasn’t happened. Wright hasn’t been as consistent as we would like to see him. We need our supplemental players to step up and heat up for us.

On Jamie Moyer – We will play Tatis, Castro and Sheffield tonight and Castillo will bat second. I’m confident that we’ll be putting the ball in play against Jaime.

On Pelfrey – He’s on his way back to where he was at the mid point last season. I’m hoping for him to show his stuff and command. We have to do a better job of commanding the strike zone.

Manuel also answers questions about Dan Murphy, Sean Green, Brian Stokes and Jon Niese. He also talks about the Mets lack of hitting with RISP and playing better defense. To hear the full interview go to WFAN.

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